Thursday, 1 August 2013

Ilia Beauty lip products - a review of Humble Me, Funnel of Love, Shell Shock, Nobody's Baby, In My Room

I just realized that my favorite (and now, sole) lip colors are all from Ilia Beauty. So it's time for a review!

So what is Ilia Beauty? It's a Canadian cosmetic company with a focus on natural ingredients and they make a wide range of high quality cosmetics. I found out about Ilia Beauty when I started searching specifically for safe lip products that would not contain any unnecessary ingredients.

In your conventional lipstick, a typical ingredient list would be something along the lines of:

OCTINOXATE (ETHYLHEXYL METHOXYCINNAMATE) . AVOBENZONE (BUTYL METHOXYDIBENZOYLMETHANE) (OTHER): PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRAISOSTEARATE . HYDROGENATED POLYISOBUTENE . BUTYL STEARATE . BUTYLOCTYL SALICYLATE . BIS-DIGLYCERYL POLYACYLADIPATE-2 . POLYETHYLENE . HYDROGENATED VEGETABLE OIL . DIMETHICONE . TITANIUM DIOXIDE . CERA MICROCRISTALLINA (MICROCRYSTALLINE WAX) . CERA ALBA (BEESWAX) . DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER . ORYZA SATIVA (RICE) BRAN OIL EXTRACT . SILICA DIMETHYL SILYLATE . STEARYL STEARATE . ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE . CAPRYLYL GLYCOL . TOCOPHERYL ACETATE . ORYZANOL . AMMONIUM GLYCYRRHIZATE . PARFUM (FRAGRANCE) . BEHENIC ACID . PARAFFIN . GLYCERYL STEARATE . LECITHIN . etc etc 

I liked what I saw about Ilia's lipstick, since stuff that goes on the thin skin of your lips basically gets absorbed into your body.



(Left to right: Humble Me, Funnel of Love, Shell Shock, Nobody's Baby, In My Room)

Product: Ilia Beauty Lipstick and Tinted Lip Conditioner 

Price: USD24 from Ilia Beauty

Ingredients
  • Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil*, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil*, Jojoba (Simmondsia Chinensis) Seed Oil*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Beeswax (Cera Alba)*, Triisostearyl Citrate, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter*, Manihot Esculenta (Tapioca) Starch *, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Rosa Canina (Rose Hip) Fruit Oil, Sage (Salvia Officinalis) Leaf Extract, Tocopherol. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxide (CI 77499, CI 77492, CI 77491), Red 7 CI15850, Red 28 CI45410, Yellow 5 CI19140. Organic Ingredients. Ingrédients Certifiés Biologiques.

Rating: 4 stars / 5

(Left to right: Humble Me, Funnel of Love, Shell Shock, Nobody's Baby, In My Room, all triple swiped)

Comments:

Humble Me (lipstick) - a nude shade that I can see complementing most skin tones. It definitely tamed my pigmented lips without making me look like a zombie, and is great for matching smoky eyes.

Funnel of Love (lipstick) - a warm, orange-pink. It was too orange for me, and also oddly the formula for that particular lipstick was dry relative to the others.

Shell Shock (lip conditioner) - when I first uncapped the lipstick, it looked like a neon pink to me and for that reason I put off using that. I was so silly! The scary color in the tube is totally different from what it looks like on my lips - it becomes this happy blush pink that reminds me of summer and roses. A color to perk your mood. It's my favorite after In My Room.

Nobody's Baby (lip conditioner) - a neutral peach-nude with a hint of pink. Very versatile, but understated.

In My Room (lipstick) - a neutral rose-pink that would match most skin tones. It pops on me. An office-friendly color. The most versatile of the lot.


The overall texture of these unscented lip products (with the exception of Funnel of Love) was lovely - smooth and easy to spread. Staying power was good, but as with all lip products reapplication is likely needed after a meal or drinks. I loved the minimal, chic design, the cute names and the versatile colors. 

Although $24 for a lipstick is expensive, it's comparable to what you would pay for other big brands - but at Ilia you get a cleaner ingredient list and peace of mind. Something I'd be willing to spend on. I deducted one star for the cost, but otherwise this is my HG lipstick/lip conditioner.


2 comments:

  1. Hi, Thank you for your lovely review! I was thinking whether I should be getting the 'Nobody's baby' or the 'In my room' rouge, but now it is much easier to choose. I hope to read even more product reviews on your blog! :)

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  2. Thanks for your comment Gigi! Yep, I had the same problem when I was searching for Ilia swatches, but Spirit Beauty Lounge then had a huge sale which made me decide to get all :P

    My favorite at the moment is In My Room, because it is so versatile!

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